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Next live show: September Song

Next live show: September Song

  PPT is on August hiatus, which means I’m hanging around the apartment restlessly waiting to resume doing live shows, which I will on September 12 with the splendid writer Nicole Krauss. Also coming up this fall, Steven Hamburg, splendid head scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund; equally splendid writer Gary Shteyngart; and teen idol of … Continue reading »


Episode 217: Edmund White

  Much admired for his his autobiographical novels, including A Boy’s Own Story, and his work on French literature and culture, he is unashamed of his youthful craving for fame, noting: “If you say it in French, ‘gloire,’ it sounds better.” Well, sure: what doesn’t? A conversation at La Maison Française with music from Rich Jenkins.  PERSON: … Continue reading »


Episode 215: Randy Weston

  This great jazz pianist has been making modern music for most of his 92 years, but he denies it, quoting Duke Ellington: “There’s no such thing as modern music.” He reconciled this paradox in our conversation at the piano at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. We spoke, he played, and then: birthday cake! … Continue reading »